Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for Advance
DE RUEHSG #0742 2261841
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 131841Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3589
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY
UNCLAS SANTIAGO 000742
STATE FOR WHA/BSC, DRL, INR, PPC, PM, CD1D FOR BROWN, JOHNS
SOUTHCOM FOR EVANS, FINLAY
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PHUM CI
SUBJECT: CHILE: MILGP REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR ADVANCE
Sensitive but unclassified. Please handle accordingly.
1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraphs 2 and 3.
2. (SBU) Action request: Embassy requests the Department assist in
conducting a Leahy Amendment Human Rights review, as well as a
general name check, of the following Chilean military who have been
nominated to participate in U.S. funded training, pursuant to the
Leahy Act and Foreign Assistance Act. Please transmit the results
of such, including information not strictly covered by the Leahy
Amendment, to Embassy if possible by no later than October 10.
3. (SBU) The proposed training is the Advance Course, to be held at
the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, Washington DC, between
October 20 and November 7, 2008. The name and identifying
information of the proposed candidates appear in the following
format: Name, rank, unit, date of birth, place of birth and
national identification number.
Carlos BERTENS Uthemann, Colonel, National Defense Staff,
08/10/1956, Santiago, 7.296.859-k
Arturo A. FUENZALIDA Prado, Rear Admiral, Commandant of the Chilean
Marine Corps, 07/11/1953, Vina del Mar, 6.324.039-7
4. (U) Post greatly appreciates the Department's assistance with
this request. Embassy's ongoing investigation has not found
credible information that the candidates have been involved in gross
human rights violations.